Dried chicory root benefits organic piglets
Feeding dried chicory root to organic piglets can have a beneficial effect on
their growth in the period immediately after weaning according to results from
the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of
Chicory root has many beneficial effects on pigs. It has been shown that the
root minimises boar taint and now it also turns out that dried chicory root has
a positive effect on piglet growth right after weaning. This has been shown in a
series of studies with chicory root carried out by scientists at the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus.
Piglets often succumb to diarrhoea after weaning. Chicory
root cannot prevent this, but feeding piglets chicory root can strengthen their
health. "We could not prove that chicory root has any effect on the degree of
post-weaning diarrhoea, but the improved growth rate and increased concentration
of lactic acid in the manure right after weaning indicates that chicory root has
an overall beneficial effect on piglet health immediately after weaning at seven
weeks of age", say senior scientist Mette Skou Hedemann and research professor
Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition at
the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
University of Aarhus
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